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Peter Rigby - Director of Medical Negligence | Last updated on: 28th September, 2023

We've got your Lung Cancer Claim covered

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK and one of the most misdiagnosed forms of cancer. If the cancer is missed on imaging (usually a CT scan), the disease is inclined to progress from early-stage to advanced-stage disease, particularly if many years pass between radiologic exams. 90% of errors in diagnosis occur during chest radiographs. If your lung cancer was misdiagnosed or there were delays in your treatment, you could be eligible to claim. Starting your claim is easy – simply contact us either via phone or through our online claim form.

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How Can We Help?

Here at Patient Claim Line, we believe that nobody should have to pay upfront to seek fair compensation for medical negligence that wasn’t your fault. We work on a strictly ‘no win no fee’ basis, meaning that If you pursue your claim with us, and the claim is not successful, then you walk away without having to pay us a penny. That’s our promise to you

Our expert solicitors can help with your lung cancer claim. We have over thirty years experience in medical negligence cases and can help you claim the compensation you are entitled to.

Our team of solicitors will help you to understand:

  • What effect a delayed lung cancer diagnosis has had on your prognosis
  • How negligence during lug cancer treatment could have impacted you
  • If you are eligible to make a claim
  • How the claims process works and what you can expect from us
  • Resources and support to guide you through your recovery


What is lung cancer negligence?

If errors are made during diagnosis or treatment of lung cancer, the consequences on your health and wellbeing can be catastrophic. If you are not treated correctly or delays are caused, the cancer staging can develop. If this has happened to you in a medical setting, and the outcome could have been avoided, you may be entitled to claim lung cancer compensation due to medical negligence.

Delays in treatment and diagnosis of lung cancer can include:

  • Failure to identify symptoms e.g coughing blood, weight loss
  • Failure to carry out correct medical testing
  • Incorrect interpretation of scans and tests such as CT scans

Signs and symptoms of lung cancer


Symptoms to look out for. If these symptoms are missed during your medical examinations, this could mean a misdiagnosis cause by medical negligence.

  • Persistent coughing lasting longer than 3 weeks
  • Recurrent chest infections
  • Coughing up blood
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Aches or pains when you cough
  • Loss of appetite or weight loss
  • Breathlessness


Misdiagnosis of lung cancer

Symptoms of lung cancer can initially present as a more benign illnesses, this means that the disease can potentially be diagnosed as something else. They can also be diagnosed as asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder) or pneumonia amongst others.

It is important that your GP or medical practitioner carries out the necessary checks to ensure you have the best quality care as possible, at all stages of your treatment journey.

If you feel you may have suffered lung cancer negligence, get in touch with our expert team today.


How do I know if I can claim?


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  • Listening for abnormal sounds in the lungs
  • Examination of the lymph nodes
  • A biopsy
  • A bronchoscopy 
  • CT or PET scan 
  • Chest x-rays

What can I expect?


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  • Additional medical expenses – if you had to go private or pay for treatment 
  • Loss of income – if lung cancer stopped you or your carers from working
  • Medical equipment – wheelchairs for loss of mobility due to lung cancer, or breathing aids


Why Choose Us

Patient Claim Line has over 30 years experience with knee injury cases and over 100 years as specialist medical negligence lawyers and have years of experience claims for cancer misdiagnosis. We know the right questions to ask and the quickest way to get you the help you need. We are rated excellent on TrustPilot and have helped people all over the UK with their knee surgery claim.


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When you speak to us about your knee replacement compensation or knee surgery compensation, we first find out all the details of your case to assess if you are able to make a claim. If you are then all of our cases are on a No Win, No Fee basis, meaning you pay absolutely nothing until we have won your case. You may also be eligible for an interim payment to reimburse you for any immediate costs.

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Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Lung Cancer Claim?

Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts

Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in cancer negligence and general medical negligence claims.

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with a combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.

It’s not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.

Frequently asked questions about Lung Cancer Claims

Our expert legal team answer your questions about making a Lung Cancer Claim

According to the NHS the treatment you might be prescribed for lung cancer is dependent on several factors; such as:

  • The type of lung cancer you have
  • The size of the cancer
  • Where the cancer is located
  • The stage of the cancer
  • Your overall health

The most common treatments for lung cancer are:

Depending on the type of cancer and the stage, you may receive a combination of these treatments.

Exposure to asbestos can lead to lung cancer, however, it is unlikely that it is detected at an early stage. This is because according to asbestos.com, it can take between 15 and 35 years for onset symptoms to develop.

The symptoms of asbestos related lung cancer include:

  • Persistent coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pains
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swelling

We are all impacted by cancer, in one way or another. Therefore, we want to be there for you should a member of your family, or a friend, become the victim of a negligent cancer diagnosis. You can claim on behalf of someone else if:

  • Someone’s death was a result of a delay in the diagnosis of cancer or treatment
  • You are the spouse or child of an individual who unfortunately died as a result of negligence or a misdiagnosis
  • You are the parent of a child under the age of 18
  • You can prove that you were financially dependent on the individual who has died
  • You are acting on behalf of the estate of the deceased person or you are sorting the affairs of the deceased person.

As solicitors specialising in lung cancer negligence claims, we know how important it is to estimate your compensation figure ahead of pursuing a claim. Although we cannot calculate an exact figure beforehand, our legal teams are here to support and advise on all critical aspects of your case.

This means that the more evidence we have, and the more we know about your experience, the better equipped we will be to deliver a fair and just final award.

Meet our Lung Cancer Team

  • Michael Gray

    Partner, Senior Solicitor

  • Jennifer Argent


  • Hannah Luscombe

    Associate & Senior Solicitor

  • Amy Kirk

    Associate & Chartered Legal Executive

  • Case Study

    Sarah's Story

    "Now we have peace of mind"

    My husband, Nick, went back and forth to the doctors for a long time and tried everything the doctor recommended. But his illness got worse, to the point that he was in agony.

    In the end we got so desperate that we asked for a referral. The doctor was reluctant, so we had to consult a private hospital. That’s when we found out there was a tumour. It took years from the onset of his illness to finally start cancer treatment.

    He used to be a man with a lot to live for, but in the end he was in so much pain that he withdrew from the family. He became angry that nobody had helped him sooner, and the legal team were able to give him the validation that he was desperately seeking. The NHS confirmed if they had done more, Nick would still be alive today.